Minnesota senior enjoys time with five generations

The aging journey looks different for each senior and every family. For Jeanne Kragt-Barchinger, a senior from Milaca, the best parts of getting older are spending time with family and not having to get up early and work hard all day. “I have 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren to love and enjoy,” says…

Not retirement, but “refirement”

Minnesotan Grant Meidal is beginning to imagine life moving forward in a different way. Although still working full-time, Grant recently turned 65. “I’m slowing down on some of the projects I take on, going deeper in things I’ve always loved and valued, imagining what new things I want to do, and then finally investing in…

Coming to common ground on caring for seniors

When you’re a professional caregiver, you get to know the families of residents fairly well sometimes. With some of our residents, I feel like an extended part of their family. In return, they are my family. We’re there to help support each other. That’s all part of it—you have to care. You have to care…

Greater Minnesota Getting Older First

Greater Minnesota is at the leading edge of an unprecedented demographic shift affecting the entire state – and the nation as a whole. For example, a staggering 37% of adults in Aitkin County were age 65 or older as of 2015. That percentage is projected to jump to 47% by 2030—meaning almost half of the…

Face It, Minnesota: We’re Getting Older

We are experiencing a rapid boom in the population of those 65 and older in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota State Demographic Center, the number of Minnesotans turning 65 in this decade (about 285,000) will be greater than the past four decades combined. By 2030, more than one in four Minnesota adults will be seniors.…

Some of my favorite things

Can you guess my favorite movie? “When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad… I just simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.” It’s the time of year to cuddle up by the fireplace and appreciate the good stuff in life. But instead of counting your…

Do you hear what I hear?

“Marilyn, take these water jugs downstairs for the fallout shelter.” “Ok, Mom,” I responded. What I really wanted to say was, “Mom, it’s dark down there. It smells bad. The black water in the sub pump scares me. And the water is so heavy. Can’t someone else do this, please?” But, of course, as a…